CPTPA final settlement agreement for reduced fine

OROFINO, ID - The Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Agency is agreeing to a reduced fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the 2012 death of one of their own firefighters.

The firefighting agency based out of Orofino was fined by OSHA earlier this year for allegedly putting 20-year-old Anne Veseth in harms way. Veseth was killed by a falling tree at the Steep Corner Fire and OSHA stated in their citation that it was an unsafe environment for the firefighters to be working. The final informal settlement agreement reduced fines for CPTPA from $14,000 to $10,500.

"OSHA and the CPTPA reached an agreement but because the citations have been contested by the CPTPA the agreement has to be approved by the independent board called the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission," said Amaden.

Regional Director of Public Affairs Deanne Amaden of the U.S. Department of Labor said the United States Forest service has not reached an agreement with OSHA yet and their notices are being handled separately.